Of all my favorite films and TV shows, the person whose name is in the credits of most of them is probably Steven Spielberg. If this says anything, it’s that he is one of my favorite filmmakers in Hollywood. Here are the biggest must-watches of his filmography.
Best Films Directed by Spielberg:
My favorite film Spielberg ever directed is surprisingly still his first, which was originally a TV movie about a truck driver stalker who tries to run a man played by Dennis Weaver off the road.
The story was out of a B-movie from the 1950s. A shark terrorizes a beach town and three men go on a mission to kill it. But this was the first time we’ve ever seen this kind of movie with Godfather-level acting and direction. The result was the first ever summer blockbuster.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
I know what you’re thinking, but I am absolutely counting Poltergeist as a film directed by Spielberg. Tobe Hooper has confirmed that Spielberg was the one doing most of the work, but because his contract wouldn’t let him make a film for MGM, he did not get directing credit.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Color Purple (1985)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
I’ve gone “Wow” watching Spielberg movies before, but Saving Private Ryan made me go “Wow” in a completely different way. I’ve never really liked war movies until I saw this, but this is the most realistic one I had ever seen. It never fails to engross me from start to finish.
Minority Report (2002)
War of the Worlds (2005)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
This movie was like seeing history come to life. We will probably never get a better movie about Abraham Lincoln, from a directing and acting standpoint.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Worst Films Directed by Spielberg:
What a bomb this was. It started out with an amusing self-parody of the movie Jaws, and it has an important place in film history as the silver screen debut of SNL’s Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, but Spielberg should never do comedy again. He has no comic timing.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Best Films Produced by Spielberg:
Back to the Future (1985)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Men in Black (1997)
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Monster House (2006)
Super 8 (2008)
Best Shows Produced by Spielberg:
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
Pinky and the Brain (1995)
Band of Brothers (2001)
The Pacific (2010)
Under the Dome (2013)